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First Steps: A Guide To Social Research, 5th Edition

By Alan D. Lewis, Michael Del Balso
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Soft Cover
320 pages
ISBN-10: 0176504141
ISBN-13: 9780176504144
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 5th

First Steps: A Guide to Social Research, Fifth Edition, encourages students to recognize the importance of learning about research methods both for academic purposes as well as to be a critical consumer of research results. It leverages students’ personal interests, experiences and knowledge as starting points for learning and applying social science research skills. Michael Del Balso and Alan Lewis cover the entire research process, from formulating questions to writing reports. This text also stresses the important role of the Internet on current research, shows students how to search for and use Internet resources and shows how research methods are being adapted to the Internet. The authors emphasize Canadian examples throughout and sustain the reader’s interest by using boxes, tables and newspaper excerpts to illustrate a variety of research techniques. With their hands-on, non-technical, multi-disciplined approach, the authors have created a text that actively involves the student in the research methods process.

Features

  • *NEW* Increased coverage of plagiarism and citation management software
  • *NEW* More coverage of how data is reported in the media
  • *NEW* Increased emphasis on the changing role of the library and the use of electronic resources
  • *NEW* Increased number of examples from diverse disciplines (e.g., history, geography, sociology, behavioural economics, etc.)
  • *NEW* More coverage of how data is reported in the media
  • *NEW* Revised presentation of APA/MLA citation methods
  • The Internet, as a research tool, is thoroughly integrated throughout the text
  • The text provides examples of contemporary scientific research with reference to full text articles available on the included InfoTrac platform
  • The text identifies and develops an understanding of the basic concepts and techniques of quantitative and qualitative social research
  • The text provides examples of contemporary scientific research with reference to full text articles available on the included InfoTrac platform
  • The authors convey the diversity and excitement of social research, focusing on Canadian material without excluding the rest of the world
  • Accompanying Instructor's Resources include the NETA Test Bank. NETA, the Nelson Education Teaching Advantage program delivers research-based instructor resources that promote student engagement and higher-order thinking to enable the success of Canadian students and educators.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Why Know about Social Science Research?
  • Chapter 2: What Is Social Science Research?
  • Chapter 3: Finding and Refining the Topic
  • Chapter 4: Sampling: Choosing Who or What to Study
  • Chapter 5: Social Survey
  • Chapter 6: Experimental Research
  • Chapter 7: Field Research
  • Chapter 8: Indirect or Nonreactive Methods
  • Chapter 9: What Are the Results?
  • Chapter 10: The Research Report: The End and the Beginning

Author Information

Michael Del Balso

Michael Del Balso is the Social Science program coordinator at Dawson College and has been chair of the Department of Sociology in the past. He currently serves on the senate at Dawson. He has a PhD from McGill and is currently doing research on the organizational features of ethno cultural minority communities in Montreal.

Alan D. Lewis

Alan Lewis is the coordinator of Law and Society Profile at Dawson and has been a member of the Sociology Department since 1989. He has co-authored a book on Social Deviance with Michael Rosenberg. His area of research is in the area of post-structuralist and post-modernist debates on sociological theory.